Crash victim reunited with strangers who saved her thanks to social media
EDMONTON – A decade after being pulled from the wreckage of a car crash near Maidstone, Sask., a young woman reunited Saturday with the strangers who saved her.
Mackenzie Berry lost her father that day. They were on their way to Winnipeg on March 19, 2005.
Their vehicle and another collided on Highway 16.
Jeana Kelly and her daughter Chelsea Nahuliak were on their way to Table Mountain to go snowboarding that morning.
“There was a truck in front of me and all you could see were the car parts flying all over the road and we stopped,” Kelly said.
“I was helping the other gentleman that was in the accident and Mackenzie and her dad were in the ditch.”
Kelly gathered the little girl in her arms and placed her in her vehicle to stay warm.
“She was having so much trouble breathing and I was so scared because I didn’t know what I should do,” Nahuliak said. “I was kind of panicking.”
Last month, Berry took to Facebook to try to find them. She posted a photograph, along with a note, appealing to her rescuers to come forward.
It only took three hours before she received the response she had been looking for. Nahuliak caught sight of the post in her news feed and instantly replied.
“I had to send her a message and say: ‘This is who I am and this is what happened’ and ‘Hello, you found me!'” she told Global News.
The three met in person for the first time at the Global Edmonton studios on Saturday.
“She’s gotten so big, but she hasn’t changed at all,” said an overjoyed Kelly.
“It was just a really good feeling, seeing what a beautiful young woman she’s grown into.”
The 18-year-old is now studying to become a nurse and hopes she can bestow the same kindness upon strangers that Kelly and Nahuliak showed her.
“I can’t put it into words how great I feel. There’s no other words to say – it was just complete love and joy…Getting to see them after so many years, having such a vague idea of what they looked like,” Berry said.
Her father would have turned 50 this year. She now has a tattoo on her arm as a tribute to him.
“I always say I’m living for two now. I’ve got the rest of his life to live out and mine.”
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